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10.04.14 / Made Me Smile

vintage rug in bathroom

Hello, hello. How was your week? Not gonna lie. It was an “off” week for me. Not sure if it’s the cooler weather, dark mornings or what but by Friday evening Steve could tell I needed a break. He took the kids and shooed me out of the house. I went to see a movie by myself. That might sound sad but, let me tell you, it was pretty awesome. Have you ever seen a movie at the theater alone? Would you?

A few links that caught my eye…

*I found the perfect vintage rug for the main bathroom. The pattern and colors are lively but the small size doesn’t shroud the hexagon tile.

*The ever popular Adamo family home is up for sale. (The mudroom / laundry room off the kitchen is one of my all-time favorite utility spaces.) It’s yours for only 1,875,000 GBP which roughly equates to 3,000,000 USD. #stickershock All of that to say I’m looking forward to seeing what the stylish family does with their next home.

*”We play with textures instead of color to create a cozy feeling.” Love this approach.

dark moody bedroom

*I would totally hibernate for the winter in this moody, cocoon-like home.

*Game of Scones, ftw.

*I love going to the store with multiple children.

*If you’re curious, I watched Gone Girl at the theater. I neither loved nor disliked the book. I mostly read it to see what all the hype was about. The book-to-movie adaptation is one of the few that I like better than the book version. Whether you read the book or see the movie, the story line is perverse and uncomfortable but I think the movie does a good job of lacing the plot with frank humor. As dark as the story is, there were moments during the movie where the audience (including myself) laughed out loud. Then, a few minutes later, there were audible gasps of disbelief. I like seeing movies at the theater that take the audience on an emotional ride. Just my $.02.

What are you up to this weekend? We’re working on a cradle base for the claw foot tub. I mean, the rug is nice and all but it would be nice to actually bathe in the bathroom. I’m also wrapping up a few smaller projects around the house before cold weather really sets in and all I want to do is sit by the fireplace. Have a good one!

images: 1) Dana Miller for House*Tweaking 2) Richard Ostell

40 Comments

04.October.2014

I love going to the Movies alone especially the girlie kind:) It has been a while though.

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04.October.2014

I haven’t done it for awhile, but I enjoy going to a movie by myself. I disliked the book, “Gone Girl”, because it was so dark and had no likeable characters. I don’t plan to see the movie.
A movie I liked recently was “The Hundred Yard Journey”.

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replied on October 4th, 2014

I totally agree with you. Gone Girl was an awful book. But I think we are way in the minority. The characters were terrible, and I’d rather not fill my free time with some of the garbage that was part of the plot line.

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04.October.2014

I love seeing movies by myself! The first movie I ever went to see by myself was Frozen lol – not everyone I know is still has fond of animated movies as I am!

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04.October.2014

Please tell me you did not spend $300 for a BATHROOM rug.

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replied on October 5th, 2014

NO! I got it for $85!!

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04.October.2014

Living near London, UK I’m quite used to these prices! The interior design will surely sell it quickly., but the buyers will be buying a pretty plain white shell when all the great decor is taken out.
Thanks for the reminder about the cinema, we have a lovely little cinema in our small town and I should use it more. Gone Girl will be a start.

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04.October.2014

My week was awful, I am in a cast and can hardly get around, a week and a half to go. That rug looks like you. I cannot justify spending that kind of money on a rug, yikes.
Sure I would go see a movie by myself. I am glad Steve gives you a much deserved break.
This weekend we are working on the yard. We just got the driveway replaced. No we could not afford concrete like you. Just black top. Which was 5 thousand dollars as it were. Now we need to go buy some Sonoma gold rock and do some cleanup. Trying to prepare for the rain to come.
I really like these Love list posts, you seem to have quite the reading regimen. And you inject some chuckles once in a while. Have a great weekend.

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replied on October 5th, 2014

Oh no! So sorry to hear about your cast and rough week. Sending healthy healing thoughts your way. Grrr…driveways…why they gotta be all expensive and stuff?

On a lighter note, the rug was $85. I thought it was a good price for a vintage rug in great condition. Now that it’s here, I know we’ll have it for a long, long time so it was a worthy investment to me.

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replied on October 6th, 2014

My tastes change and I get bored looking at the same rugs, but I am glad your happy with it. How do you keep them clean? I wanted to tell you that we went and saw the movie after reading your mention of it. It was really good. No I had not read the book, nor will I. Thanks for mentioning it.

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replied on October 6th, 2014

Oh, and thanks very much for the healthy healing thoughts.:)

04.October.2014

Ahh…yes! I LOVE to go to the movie by myself. College age couples look on with pity. They don’t realize I am at the movie alone by choice, for some peace. A movie I can watch completely without having to take someone to the bathroom, or other distracing things :) My husband understands :)

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04.October.2014

I absolutely LOVE the Adamo home! I had pinned their kitchen on Pinterest long before I knew anything about them (I’m now an Instagram follower), and in my dream remodel of our current home, we would knock out the wall between our kitchen and dining room, somehow add a powder room in there, and take a ton of inspiration from the back section of their home to re-do our kitchen and dining into one family-friendly space.

It’s funny; I had REALLY wanted a separate formal dining room when we looked at houses, and now I really want an open floor plan and to be able to just see everyone from everywhere. I think it comes from buying our first house together while pregnant with our first child and now being 8 months along with #2. Kids really do change your reality! (In a good way, of course :))

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replied on October 5th, 2014

I follow Courtney on IG, too. Love her feed! Btw, did you know that IG closed her original IG account because of “racy” maternity photos? Hopefully, that doesn’t come across as gossip-y…I just think IG needs to take a closer look at their definition of “racy”. I mean, there are much more provocative feeds out there that are still going strong. It’s kinda absurd.

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04.October.2014

I have completely missed the hype about Gone Girl – maybe the popularity hasn’t reached Europe yet?
Either way, I am intrigued now, but I might just skip straight to the movie – that sounds favorable?

Have a great weekend :)

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replied on October 5th, 2014

I would strongly suggest reading the book BEFORE seeing the movie – just because it’s a twisted story line. Then again, if you like twisted movies right out of the gate (think “Seven”) maybe see the movie first!

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04.October.2014

I love going to the movies by myself now and again. It’s a nice little treat:) I’m going to see Gone Girl this week, and can’t wait to see it! I’ve heard it is better than the book, which is funny since it was the author who wrote the screenplay. It will be interesting to see the differences, or any changes between the two.

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04.October.2014

I am not up on movies at all but after watching the trailers for Gone Girl, I may have to see it just to see what happens! They should call them “teasers”:-) Just finished painted a bedroom.

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04.October.2014

I had the worst week! So I snuck out early on Friday and went to an afternoon revival showing of “Amelie.” I’ve seen movies by myself a lot. And then came home and had a glass of wine in my Christmas pajamas. Things improved. :)

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replied on October 5th, 2014

Amelie is on my Top 10 list. Seeing a revival showing sounds awesome! (As does the pajama and wine after-party.)

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04.October.2014

I went and saw Gone Girl on Friday. Thought it was excellent. I also thought if you had NOT read the book that it is probably one of the craziest movies ever.

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replied on October 5th, 2014

I know! You could definitely tell who hadn’t read the book!!

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05.October.2014

I’ve never heard of Gone Girl but may have to look into it. The Adamo home is lovely! Random question though – do people not use mats in the bathroom? I feel like our bathroom would be a wet mess after showers if they weren’t there, but I rarely see them on Houzz. Or maybe they’re removed for pictures?

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replied on October 5th, 2014

Personally, we don’t use bath mats. We try to dry ourselves and the kids off as much as possible before getting out of the tub or shower. I feel like they are just one more thing to wash weekly but I totally understand why so many people opt to use them!

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replied on October 6th, 2014

I’m the same way about drying off as much as I can in the shower — I essentially squeegee myself off with my hands — but my Chicago floors are freezing in the winter and direct foot-to-tile contact is miserable.

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replied on October 6th, 2014

I hear you! The tile in our mudroom is frigid in the winter. We wish we would have had the foresight to install radiant heating under the tile in that room. Luckily, the bathrooms both have heating ducts that run under the slab so the bathroom floors actually stay pretty warm in the winter. I guess that’s about the only benefit of having ductwork running through the slab.

replied on October 6th, 2014

Oh I see! That makes sense.

Our master bathroom has both a standing shower and a whirpool tub, and whoever designed it decided to put the towel rod above the tub, which is across the room from our shower. So there’s no way we can dry ourselves off before stepping out after a shower.

I’ve been debating putting a towel hook or something on our bathroom door (which is RIGHT beside our shower) for the longest, but I’m not convinced that the towels will stay put. I don’t want to create more work for myself having to pick towels off of the floor all the time.

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05.October.2014

I love the look of rugs in bathrooms (and the one you picked is gorgeous), but feel like a lovely wool rug would get ruined IMMEDIATELY in my house. And I don’t even have kids. How on earth do you manage bath time/splashing/humidity? Will you take the rug out every time someone showers/bathes? That seems like a lot of work to me…

Also, Amanda–I wonder that sometimes too. I know that in my house, we use a bath mat towel, which gets draped over the tub to dry when it’s not in use. But even that is invisible in most styled bathroom pics.

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replied on October 5th, 2014

The rug will sit in front of the vanity – not the tub – so it shouldn’t see too much in the way of splashing. For humidity, we have a fan that vents to the outside and we usually crack the window (even if it’s chilly) in the bathroom, too. I’m guessing the rug will see the sort of wear that our kitchen rug sees and, so far, it has held up beautifully. I’ve found that vintage rugs (those not in perfect condition to begin with or those that aren’t particularly rare or expensive) work really well for us. They’ve been around for decades already so I’m not too paranoid about the kids dropping stuff on them.

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replied on October 6th, 2014

We use wool kilims that we purchased in Turkey in our bathrooms. Going on 2.5 years and no problems whatsoever! We use a good quality rug pad under each and when we have guests that may not dry off before exiting the shower/bath, we put down a bath mats on top.

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05.October.2014

I’ve only gone to the movies by myself once – but I really enjoyed it! I had read ‘The Reader’ and wanted to see the movie when it came out but I knew it wasn’t going be one that anyone else really wanted to see with me. I figure, instead of dragging someone along and worrying about whether or not they are going to like it, you might as well just go by yourself! I have read ‘Gone Girl’ too and while I am a little weary of the casting, I am really looking forward to seeing the movie.

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05.October.2014

One time I went to the movies with my husband and we could NOT agree on which movie to see…we were both being stubborn. So we saw separate movies! That’s the closest I have ever been to going by myself. I totally would though if I had the opportunity. I really like my alone time.
And as far as vintage rugs go…I love the ones you buy. Are they clean when you get them or do you have to clean them?

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replied on October 5th, 2014

I think that’s awesome that you and your husband saw separate movies! As for the rugs, so far all the ones I’ve purchased have arrived unstained and clean. I normally purchase them from ebay or etsy and you can always ask the seller about the condition / cleanliness before buying. The one that lays by my desk in the kitchen was probably the “dirtiest” but it just needed a good shaking outside to remove dust. Honestly, the natural fiber rugs (the jute ones in Mabrey’s room and our bedroom) purchased brand new were “dirtier” than the vintage rugs. That’s not saying anything negative about the jute rugs…that’s just their nature since they’re made from natural materials. Does that make any sense?

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06.October.2014

I love going to the movies by myself! There’s no distractions and I don’t have to worry about my husband “whispering” (READ: talking louder than he realizes). And I liked (not loved) the book Gone Girl but I was very excited about the movie. My husband even read the book before we went to see it. I loved it probably more than the book but my husband thought the movie was terrible! He thought he would have liked it better if he hadn’t read the book first. Just goes to show I guess :)

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06.October.2014

Solo movies are great, but my favorite is a dinner out alone with a good book. Heaven!

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replied on October 6th, 2014

Hmmmm…maybe my next “me date”!

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This segment of made me smile surely did just that. I loved seeing spaces with more of an emphasis on dark and moody. I love your vintage rug and $85 is an absolute steal for one. Im on the hunt for one for my kitchen right now and I wish I was seeing them for that price:)

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06.October.2014

that rug is gorgeous against the black tile! you really have an eye for colors and textures. i read gone girl and loved it, now i can’t wait to see the movie.

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06.October.2014

I love going to the movies alone!! I’m 100% an extrovert and was so freaked out the first time I went, but I actually really enjoy it!!

Also the new rug is beautiful :)

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06.October.2014

Me and my husband are in the middle of a pretty extensive kitchen remodel(that we are living through, and currently have NO INSULATION, last night it was 40 degrees, brrr…), and to take a break we went to see Gone Girl(I read the book, and he had NO IDEA what it was about). Needless to say at the beginning he thought it was a ridiculous chick flick I dragged him to; His jaw dropped a few times and was a little unnerved at the end. I think I was envious of his experience with the movie! I knew everything that was going to happen and he was just so surprised and alarmed by the characters! Glad you got a chance to get away! :)

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